Russian forward Danis Zaripov's IIHF suspension was dropped from two years to six months upon appeal Tuesday.

Zaripov, who was rumoured to be in contact with multiple NHL teams, can return to playing in the KHL on Thursday.

Zaripov tested positive for pseudoephedrine, a drug that is not on the NHL/NHL Players' Association prohibited substances list, earlier this year.

The 36-year-old scored 16 goals and added 29 assists in 56 with Metallurg Magnitogorsk last season and led the KHL with 15 goals and had seven assists in 18 playoff games.